Understanding Agency

New York State requires that we explain agency relationships.  Under the state statute, there are choices for representation.  State law requires written disclosures.  An agency relationship may change over time, and if that happens, new agency disclosures will be presented to you.  Please know we are real estate professionals.  If you need legal, tax or other advice, consult with a professional in that field.

 

Agent Fiduciary Duties:

We take our fiduciary responsibility very seriously. We represent both buyers and sellers and do so with the utmost integrity.

 

Obedience – act as authorized

Loyalty – act in the interest of the client

Disclosure – disclose relevant information to the client

Confidentiality – never reveal confidential information of the client

Accountability – maintain and furnish a true and complete accounting of money

Reasonable Care or Diligence – be attentive to the client’s affairs and take care to discover facts and report them to the client.


 

Agency Disclosure Form States:

 

Seller’s Agent

 

A seller’s agent is an agent who is engaged by a seller to represent the seller’s interest.  The seller’s agent does this by securing a buyer for the seller’s home at a price and on terms acceptable to the seller.

 

A seller’s agent has, without limitation, the following fiduciary duties to the seller:

 

Reasonable care

Undivided loyalty

Confidentiality

Full disclosure

Obedience

Duty to account

 

A seller’s agent does not represent the interests of the buyer.

 

The obligations of a seller’s agent are also subject to any specific provisions set forth in an agreement between the agent and the seller.

 

In dealing with the buyer, a seller’s agent should:

 

(a)exercise reasonable skill and care in performance of the agent’s duties

 

(b) deal honestly, fairly and in good faith

 

(c) disclose all facts known to the agent materially affecting the value or desirability of the property, except as otherwise provided by law.

 

Buyer’s Agent

 

A buyer’s agent is an agent who is engaged by a buyer to represent the buyer’s interests.  The buyer’s agent does this by negotiating the purchase of a home at a price and on terms acceptable to the buyer.  A buyer’s agent has, with limitation, the following fiduciary duties to the buyer: 

 

Reasonable care

Undivided loyalty

Confidentiality

Full disclosure

Obedience

Duty to account

 

A buyer’s agent does not represent the interest of the seller.  The obligations of a buyer’s agent are also subject to any specific provisions set forth in an agreement between the agent and the buyer.

 

In dealings with the seller, a buyer’s agent should: 

(a)exercise reasonable skill and care in performance of the agent’s duties

 

(b) deal honestly, fairly and in good faith

 

(c) disclose all facts known to the agent materially affecting the buyer’s ability and/or willingness to preform a contract to acquire seller’s property that are not inconsistent with the agents fiduciary duties to the buyer.

 

Broker’s Agents

 

A broker’s agent is an agent that cooperates or is engaged by a listing agent or a buyer’s agent (but does not work for the same firm as the listing agent or buyer’s agent) to assist the listing agent or buyer’s agent in locating a property to sell or buy, respectively, for the listing agent’s seller or the buyer agent’s buyer.  The broker’s agent does not have a direct relationship with the buyer or seller and the buyer or seller can not provide instructions or direction directly to the broker’s agent.  The buyer and the seller therefore do not have vicarious liability for the acts of the broker’s agent.   The listing agent or buyer’s agent do provide direction and instruction to the broker’s agent and therefore the listing agent or buyer’s agent will have liability for the acts of the broker’s agent.

 

Dual Agent

 

A real estate broker may represent both the buyer and seller if both the buyer and seller give their informed consent in writing.

 

In such a dual agency situation, the agent will not be able to provide the full range of fiduciary duties to the buyer and seller.  

 

The obligations of an agent are also subject to any specific provisions set forth in an agreement between the agent, and the buyer and seller.  

 

An agent acting as dual agent must explain carefully to both the buyer and seller that the agent is acting for the other party as well.

 

The agent should also explain the possible effects of dual representation, including that by consenting to the dual agency relationship the buyer and seller are giving up their right to undivided loyalty.  A buyer or seller should carefully consider the possible consequences of dual agency relationship before agreeing to such representation.

 

A seller or buyer may provide advance informed consent to dual agency by indicating the same on this form.

 

Dual Agent with Designated Sales Agents

 

If the buyer and seller provide their informed consent in writing, the principals and the real estate broker who represents both parties as a dual agent may designate a sales agent to represent the buyer and another sales agent to represent the seller to negotiate the purchase and sale of real estate.

 

A sales agent works under the supervision of the real estate broker.  With the informed consent of the buyer and the seller in writing, the designated sales agent for the buyer will function as the buyer’s agent representing the interests of the advocating on behalf of the buyer and the designated sales agent for the seller will function as the seller’s agent representing the interests of and advocating on behalf of the seller in the negotiations between the buyer and seller.  

 

A designated sales agent cannot provide the full range of fiduciary duties to the buyer or seller.   The designated sales agent must explain that like the dual agent under whose supervision they function, they cannot provide undivided loyalty.  A buyer or seller should carefully consider the possible consequences of a dual agency relationship with designated sales agents before agreeing to such representation.

 

A seller or buyer may provide advance informed consent to dual agency with designated sales agents by indicating the same on this form.

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Sue DePriest

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Cell: Call or Text 716-864-8715

suedepriest@howardhanna.com

 

Chrissy Hoffman
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Cell: Call or Text 716-864-4263

chrissyhoffman@howardhanna.com